EPL: West Ham sack David Moyes, Sam Allardyce axed by Everton

  • 17/05/2018
Winston Reid's West Ham is on the hunt for a new football manager.
Winston Reid's West Ham is on the hunt for a new football manager. Photo credit: AAP

West Ham United have parted company with manager David Moyes, who successfully kept the club in the Premier League after replacing Slaven Bilic on a short-term deal in November.   

A statement on West Ham's website confirming Moyes's departure said the club wanted to take a "different direction".   

Moyes took charge with West Ham in 18th place after a dismal start to the season in which they won two of their first 11 league games.   

Former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes managed to steady the ship and Sunday's (Monday NZ time) victory over the Toffees meant they finished the season in 13th place.   

The statement said Moyes's assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay had also departed.   

"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League," co-Chairman David Sullivan said.   

"Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty, and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation.   

"They deserve great respect for the job they have done, and they leave the Club with our best wishes."   

Moyes had to work in a difficult atmosphere at the London Stadium, West Ham's unpopular new home since they left Upton Park in 2016. Fans have been increasingly disenchanted with the club's owners and protested at some home games.

However, despite keeping West Ham safe, Sullivan said Moyes was only regarded as a short-term fix.   

"When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future," he said.   

"Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction."   

The club said they would seek to recruit a "high-calibre" manager within the next 10 days.   

Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is one of the names in the frame for the job.   

Meanwhile, Everton has sacked former England manager Sam Allardyce less than six months after appointing him to get them out of trouble.   

Sam Allardyce.
Sam Allardyce. Photo credit: AAP

Despite the 63-year-old achieving his initial target of steering the English

Premier League club away from any relegation fight early in his reign, the rest of the season has not gone so well.   

He was an unpopular choice with supporters at the time, and a growing section of the fanbase became increasingly opposed to him continuing in the role, leading to a toxic atmosphere at Goodison Park in the latter stages of the campaign.

Allardyce was not majority owner Farhad Moshiri's first choice, but he failed to Lure Marco Silva from Watford, an approach which contributed to the Portuguese coach's sacking when results at Vicarage Road took a nose dive after the Toffees were turned down.   

Silva is favourite to take over at Goodison.   

"On behalf of the chairman, board of directors and Mr Moshiri, I'd like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton ..." said Denise Barrett-Baxendale, who was appointed the new chief executive on Wednesday in a boardroom reshuffle after Robert Elstone's departure.   

"Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability, and we are grateful to him for doing that.   

"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.   

"Again, we'd like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future."   

Allardyce, who was briefly England manager in 2016 before returning to club management last season at Crystal Palace, had already reacted angrily to structural changes at the club before his meeting with the Iranian-born British tycoon Moshiri.   

"I'm shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn't have the decency to tell me, my director of football and my staff about the changes," he told the Liverpool Post on Tuesday.   

"They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no one thought to tell me and my staff."